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At the invitation of Germany, Finland, and the Netherlands, the Parties to the UN Watercourses Convention met in Paris on 15 and 16 September 2015. The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses, as it is officially called, was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1997. However, it did not enter into force until August 2014 when the 35th Party, Viet Nam, ratified the treaty.  more

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State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Gunther Adler, spoke about challenges related to water resources, food security and environmental protection at the German Water Partnership Forum. The forum took place as part of the celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of German-Israeli relations. more

The G7 countries are developing an action plan to combat marine litter. At a workshop in Berlin from 3 to 5 August at the invitation of the BMUB, practical measures are discussed to reduce waste from land- and sea-based sources as well as to remove the existing waste. Today, there are an estimated 100 to 142 million tonnes of waste in our oceans, up to 10 million tonnes are added to this each year. more

On a large green field, natural gas is extracted from the ground by a drilling rig.

The German Cabinet introduced a set of stringent fracking regulations on 1 April. The legislative package contains bans to protect drinking water, health and nature in certain regions and also far-reaching restrictions on fracking in shale, clay, marl and coal seam rocks. In addition, the package contains supplementary, stricter regulations on conventional natural gas and crude oil extraction. more

Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks has said she wants to maintain the scope for returning water and wastewater management to the municipalities. At the opening of the Wasser Berlin International trade fair, Hendricks stated that the Federal Government will ensure in future too, that tasks of general interest service provision can be carried out by local authorities. more